Dr. Lois Howland
Harvard School of Public Health - DrPH
University Of California San Francisco - MSN
University Of California San Francisco - BSN
Lois Howland is an Associate Professor of Nursing in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. Dr. Howland completed a Doctor of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health; her major concentration was maternal and child health with minors in biostatistics and health policy. Her dissertation research focused on effects of stress due to negative life events on the quality of life and immune function in children with HIV infection. She received both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of California San Francisco where she majored in maternal-child nursing and completed training as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Dr. Howland has taught maternal/newborn and pediatric nursing at UCSF, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and West Virginia University. She taught research methods, teaching-learning skills, and family theory at the Graduate School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Worcester. She has also worked as a case manager and clinical research trials study coordinator in a Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trial Unit.
Dr. Howland’s primary research interest is in better understanding the impact of psychological stress within families under stress. She just completed a post doctoral fellowship in biobehavioral clinical research at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, where she conducted a study exploring the biobehavioral correlates of maternal stress appraisal among mothers of hospitalized preterm infants. Dr. Howland is additionally very interested in identifying ways to reduce stress and increase self-compassion among students of nursing. Trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, she has offered stress reduction training to nursing students, and been able to demonstrate significant decreases in students’ perceived stress, and increases in self-compassion as well as attention and focus. Her most recent publication “Preterm birth: Implications for family stress and coping,” is found in Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews(2007). Dr. Howland serves on the Board of Directors of a faith-based nonprofit organization, ServeHAITI, providing services to a socially and medically underserved population living in the mountainous region of Grand Bois, Haiti.
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